Reviews written by Al Stone

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February 03, 2013
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Cliched but fun!

This was, yet again, another enjoyable read from Elkeles. I knew I was going to like it even before I bought the book, as I loved Perfect Chemistry. Elkeles has a way of animating her characters so they feel like real people. The first few chapters didn't grab me right...

August 13, 2012
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
It was okay

Okay, what can I say? First, it wasn't as epic as I thought it would be. There wasn't really a climatic moment. It was a smooth journey - not many bumps along the way. Very easy to get into. The atmosphere was consistent throughout the entire book, which at times...

August 13, 2012
Overall rating 
 
2.0
Plot 
 
2.0
Characters 
 
2.0
Writing Style 
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Not for me

Considering this was on my wish list, I was very much looking forward to reading it. I must say, I was greatly disappointed. It started off well, introducing us to Tally and her utalitarian world. The story held my attention for about the first 100 pages before I started to...

August 13, 2012
Overall rating 
 
1.0
Plot 
 
1.0
Characters 
 
1.0
Writing Style 
 
N/A
A huge disappointment

I tried. I tried so hard to finish this book, but, for the life of me, I just couldn't. While writing this review, I realised something: I've never given a book 1 star before. This is a first, and what a shame it happens to be a book from a...

March 27, 2012
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Brilliant!

A brilliant read. The narrative voice is so authentic I had to wonder if this was in some part a memoir. The character was so believable. I have an autistic cousin, so I would sometimes compare the character with my cousin, and I must say the characterisation was flawless. It...

March 27, 2012
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Brilliant Read!

Okay, so when I bought this book I wasn't expecting originality, so I wasn't surprised by all the cliches, but what I was hoping for was a great read, and I got just that. We're introduced to Alex and Brittany, who are from different worlds but have so much in...

March 27, 2012
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
3.0
Didn't live up to the hype

I was a little disappointed with this read. I felt it was the same story as the Percy Jackson series just with different characters. Also, it wasn't as gripping as Percy Jackson. I didn't connect with the characters. It wasn't what I was expecting from Riordan. It was an okay...

March 27, 2012
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Great ending!

A brilliant ending to a brilliant series. Mnay lives were lost but many relationships became stronger. I'll miss these books.

March 27, 2012
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
There lies danger ahead!

The more you read on the better the series become and the darker and more dangerous it becomes for the young heroes. Relationships are tested and hard choices are made. A great read for anyone looking for a thrilling adventure.

March 27, 2012
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Great read!

There's only so much you can say about a great series, and that is, go get the book and read them. You'll fall in love with the stories. Old myths brought to a new generation.

March 27, 2012
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
More adventures with the demi-gods

One word: brilliant. You have to read the series. Love the characters and the adventure, of course. Great for kids.

March 27, 2012
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Moving story

I read this book a few years ago, but I loved it. I need to read it again. It's beautifully written with a powerful message and some of the most likable characters in fiction.

March 18, 2012
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Kids Fiction
Loved It!

This is a moving tale. It put me in a state of calm when I read it. I loved the main protagonist. There was a certain innocence about him that I liked. It has some important themes and deals with issues many readers can relate to. It was a great...

March 18, 2012
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A
A Good Read

This was a good read. Likeable characters and an interesting plot. I'm always buzzing for budding relationships and Jade and Luke had me smiling whenever they were together. The relationship felt authentic with just the right amount of awkwardness. I especially liked the fact that it wasn't corny and over...

March 18, 2012
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
A Good Read

Again, another good book from Fitzpatrick. I had high expectations for this one following the first, but it was a little less exciting to read than the first. I felt it dragged along in places and loss my attention. But it was still a good read.

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